The U.S. solar energy market is booming and demand for solar is at an all-time high. As more individuals decide to go solar, a new national solar training course is helping designers grab their market share of this new technology and add solar expertise to their list of qualifications. Design professionals play a crucial role in the decision since they are in the unique position of educating building owners, appraisers and code officials as part of every project. In partnership with AIA and ASHRAE, the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) and the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) are offering solar training for design professionals in 22 metropolitan areas across the United States. LU/HSW are provided.
The training is specially designed to educate architects and engineers on how to incorporate solar photovoltaics (PV) into their design plans, how to differentiate themselves in the marketplace by offering solar PV to the clients, how to speak with clients about the benefits of solar PV, and where to find information on the financial incentives available for solar PV.
Solar PV systems provide many benefits. Solar can increase property value and significantly reduce a building’s operating costs over its lifetime.
Webinar Training Learning Objectives
Course participants will learn to…
- Act in a leadership capacity to increase solar PV deployment in your community and in your practice
- Understand the basic technical information and code considerations on solar photovoltaics (PV)
- Distinguish among and understand the appropriate application for different types of solar energy systems
- Make an actionable connection between the role of solar deployment and zero energy buildings and Architecture 2030 goal
1.5 AIA LU/HSW
September 6, 2017
2:00pm-3:30pm Eastern Time Zone
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Maureen is a licensed architect with over twenty-five years of experience in energy efficient and green building design. As BCAP’s President, Maureen oversees a nationwide campaign to support the development and adoption of current model energy codes. In addition, she directs several technical, outreach, and advocacy projects to help various stakeholder groups realize the benefits of energy codes and efficient buildings. Maureen has served on several energy and green construction code development boards, including the development committee for the International Green Construction Code, and this year will serve on the Public Hearing Committee for the Commercial Energy Code. In 2010 Maureen was awarded the President’s Award by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in recognition of a career dedicated to advancing building code adoption and enforcement, and incorporation of sustainability into regulated building practices. Maureen holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.
Bill Brooks, PE
Bill is the principal of Brooks Engineering and a registered professional engineer. A consultant to the PV industry on a variety of topics, his primary focus since 1992 has been the analysis and testing of PV systems for utility interconnected applications. In 1998, Bill established a program in California that has trained over 7,000 inspectors, electricians and installers. He has written several technical manuals for the PV industry that are now widely used in California and beyond. His experience includes work on technical review committees for photovoltaics and utility interconnection.
These trainings are funded by the U.S Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program, which aims to make solar electricity competitive with traditional energy sources by the end of the decade.